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Oral history interview with William A. Gaw, 1964 Mar. 6

Gaw, William A., 1891-1973

Painter, Designer, Engineer


Collection Information

Size: 1 Sound tape, Sound recording: 1 sound tape, 7 in.; 48 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of William A. Gaw conducted 1964 Mar. 6 by Lewis Ferbraché for the Archives of American Art.
Gaw speaks of his art training under James Martin Griffin; attending the Mark Hopkins Institute; his work as a commercial artist, an engineer, and a designer; early exhibitions of his work; working with the WPA-FAP; teaching at Mills College; exhibitions he has juried; and California artists he has associated with. He recalls Fernand Leger, Reginald Marsh, David Park, Worth Ryder, and Clyfford Still.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, engineer, and designer; Berkeley, California.


This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3419 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William A. Gaw, 1964 Mar. 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.